#VMBrightSpots—Vision Optique

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Monday, July 6, 2020 4:38 PM The team at Vision Optique in Houston, Texas, celebrated their first week back at the office, which included treating a patient who was coming in for her third IPL, and a patient finally undergoing a postponed LASIK surgery. 

New Report Shows a Robust, Diversified Health Innovation Market

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Monday, July 6, 2020 1:55 PM Total health innovation funding for the first half of 2020 hit $9.1B, up nearly 19 percent compared to the same period in 2019, according to a new report from StartupHealth.

The first quarter of 2020 began strong. With $4.9B raised, it was the most-funded quarter on record for health innovation.

But on January 11, China reported its first coronavirus death, and two months later the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 was a global pandemic.

Insights for 7-7-20

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Monday, July 6, 2020 1:01 PM While it’s encouraging to see flights returning... we likely remain at least two years away from a return to normal.

Hitting Rewind on Today’s Read 2020

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Monday, July 6, 2020 12:58 PM Well, we are about halfway through 2020 and to say the least, it’s been a helluva year so far. The pandemic, which no one saw coming, has truly rocked our world and the challenges it brings just keep on morphing. If the pandemic has taught us nothing else, at least we now know we can adapt and pivot no matter what comes our way. The editors at VMAIL Weekend hope you are settled in for a nice long holiday weekend. And what better way to kick things off than a look back at some of our more popular Today’s Read features. So before you fire up that grill, pour yourself another cup of Joe and read through some stories you might have missed. In these trying times, we hope you’ll be able to find some hope, faith and inspiration in these stories. Read More

VSP Global Names Chris Enslin President of Eyefinity

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Monday, July 6, 2020 12:30 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global has announced the appointment of Chris Enslin as president of Eyefinity, a leader in practice management and electronic health records software for the eyecare industry. Enslin will report to Earnie Franklin, VSP Global’s chief operating officer, who has also served as president of Eyefinity since March of 2019. “We are thrilled to welcome Chris to the Eyefinity team,” said Franklin. “His expertise and unique background as a technology leader will ensure our best-in-class integrated practice management solutions continue to advance and meet the evolving needs of doctors and their practices.”

PRISM Vision Group Completes Transaction With The Retina Group of Washington as it Expands in Mid-Atlantic Region

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Monday, July 6, 2020 12:27 AM UNION, N.J.—PRISM Vision Group, a vertically integrated eyecare services organization operating in the Mid-Atlantic region, has completed its transaction with The Retina Group of Washington (RGW), the leading provider of retinal and macular care in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, according to an announcement late last week. RGW operates 17 eyecare locations throughout Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. RGW also is one of the largest group ophthalmology practices in the U.S., and the largest practice solely dedicated to retinal care, the announcement noted. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

COVID-19: FIA and Essilor Distribute 10,000 Protective Glasses to Hospitals in Need

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Monday, July 6, 2020 12:25 AM Essilor, through its social impact fund Vision for Life, joined forces and networks with the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) to provide critical equipment to frontline health workers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Google Acquires Smart Glass Maker North

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Monday, July 6, 2020 12:24 AM KITCHENER-WATERLOO, Canada—Google announced Tuesday that it has acquired North, a pioneer in human computer interfaces and smart glasses. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a post on the Google blog Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president, devices and services, credited North with having built a “a strong technology foundation” that Google will use to build “helpful devices and services. North’s technical expertise will help as we continue to invest in our hardware efforts and ambient computing future,” Osterloh wrote.

Kering Eyewear and Dunhill Announce Partnership

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Monday, July 6, 2020 12:21 AM LONDON—Kering Eyewear and dunhill have announced a partnership for the design, development, production and worldwide distribution of dunhill sunglasses and optical frames. This agreement follows dunhill’s previous five-year partnership with De Rigo, which will conclude this year. The first release under this new exclusive partnership between Kering Eyewear and dunhill will be dunhill’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection, which will include a tailored offering for the Asian market with a key focus on Japan, and will be distributed from January 2021.

Do You Know an Eyecare Hero? Nominate Them Today

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Monday, July 6, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—We could not get through these unprecedented times without our health care workers which is why Jobson is highlighting the work of ECPs for continuing to provide essential eyecare during the Covid-19 pandemic. The #EyecareHeroes initiative enabled participating companies to join with the Jobson Optical Group, including Vision Monday and 20/20, to donate to Project C.U.R.E., a charitable organization that distributes medical supplies, such as PPE, to health care practitioners in the U.S As part of the initiative, Jobson Optical Group, with the support of many industry suppliers, has made a donation to Project C.U.R.E.

Registration Is Open for Virtual Prevent Blindness National Summit

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Monday, July 6, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Prevent Blindness will host its 9th annual Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit as a virtual event on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. In addition, a virtual exhibit hall will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The free event will include a variety of presentations related to this year’s theme, "An Eye to the Future.” All attendees are invited to follow and share on Twitter at #EyeSummit.

Kenmark Launches Vera Wang SS20 Optical Styles

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Monday, July 6, 2020 12:06 AM

Maui Jim Adds Two New Sun Styles

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Monday, July 6, 2020 12:03 AM

Taking To The Skies? Here's What To Know:

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Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:38 AM As summer fully settles in, so does travel season. This year will look very different from what we're used to, but millions of Americans will likely still take to the skies to travel for work, or to visit family. When it comes to flying, guidelines differ between airlines and airports, but the takeaway remains the same: wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, and wear a mask. Head over to WebMD for a breakdown of the major airlines' guidelines.